This month sees the launch of the beautiful and epic tale that is Harvest, by William Horwood. This continues the quest of a few key characters to hold back the impending disaster that is facing their world, and you can find a free extract from the book here. The books feature a people known as the hydden. They live alongside us and and have similar hopes and fears, but their existence is shrouded in secrecy. But now human and hydden must work together, or they may face the end of everything they know and care about . . . William Horwood tells us a bit more about the inspiration behind the series in an eloquent interview here and the full blurb for Harvest is here.
FantasyBookReview.co.uk said the first book in the cycle was 'a delight to read' as you can see here in a review of Hyddenworld: Spring: 'Everything that I hoped for began to happen. I began to really warm to the characters and to care about what happened to them. The converging storylines came together neatly, the paragraphs lengthened and as Jack and Katherine descended into the mysterious Hyddenworld the book got better and better until, at its end, I was left open-mouthed at just how good it had become. The last fifty pages of this book gave me my happiest reading experience in recent years.' You can read the full review here and as far as praise goes, you can't get much better than that!
I was enthralled by William's wonderful Duncton Wood series when I was much younger, so make sure you look into these for more Horwood magic. Here is just some of praise these books have attracted so far:
PRAISE FOR THE HYDDENWORLD SERIES
‘The writing is rich and emotive’ SFX
‘This is a return to the traditional; an intimate, delicate and delightfully written novel’ TotalScifiOnline.com
'Beautifully written fantasy novels dear to my heart' BeingObscureClearly blog